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Job Seekers Allowance Analysis - April 2012

The number of people claiming Job Seekers Allowance (JSA) in Devon has fallen for the first time since
October last year. In March there were 11,009 people claiming JSA which represents 2.4% of the working age population. This has fallen from last month where the rate of the working age population (16-64) claiming this out of work benefit increased to 2.5%, a return to the level seen in the height of the 2008/09 recession. This month the number of people claiming JSA has fallen by 2.7% (306 claimants) compared to last month. This direction of travel follows the UK trend albeit Devon’s fall in unemployment has occurred at a faster rate than the 1.1% decrease seen nationally.